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Plucking Feathers

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Hi everyone

New here.

Was wondering if someone could give me advice. I have a black capped lory who is 5 and a half years old. In the past 6 months he has started to pluck his feathers. He is almost bald on his breast and under his wings.

We have taken him to the vet who went through the usual questions ie any changes in food, living conditions or exercise which the answer is no. He gets out every day for atleast 3 hours and sits on top of his cage for about an hour after that before going back in himself. His cage is the same in the same place its always been and his food hasnt changed, Soya milk and fruit.

The only thing the vet could come up with is that he had hit puberty and this was causing him to pluck since he did not have a mate. He gave me some hormone drops but they dont seem to be working.

any ideas???

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Yeh it could be bordom, could

Yeh it could be bordom, could also MAYBE be mites that are irritating him?

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Hello there, Every post here

Hello there,

Every post here gives good advice and the Vet has done what every Vet does, not a lot, but as much as they know on Feather Plucking in birds.

Take in the advice given here, I don`t think you would get any different anywhere else. Surf the web, you will find an abundance of data on it.

My verdict ? Almost certainly BOREDOM or simply a bad habit they get into, just like we  do. No fleas, no skin problems, no food problems, no hormone defficiency, no nothing - just BOREDOM or a bad habit. The guy will grow out of it. Just like kids do when biting their nails.

I myself Feather Pluck all the time, I look like a billiard ball, but being retired I can`t come up with anything interesting without risking a heart attack. I tried to Feather Pluck my Rottie, but he growled and showed his teeth, so I may try the carpet next, it is less lethal.

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In reply to John

In reply to John Bull.....

What...??! LOL!


 

Hello there,

Every post here gives good advice and the Vet has done what every Vet does, not a lot, but as much as they know on Feather Plucking in birds.

Take in the advice given here, I don`t think you would get any different anywhere else. Surf the web, you will find an abundance of data on it.

My verdict ? Almost certainly BOREDOM or simply a bad habit they get into, just like we  do. No fleas, no skin problems, no food problems, no hormone defficiency, no nothing - just BOREDOM or a bad habit. The guy will grow out of it. Just like kids do when biting their nails.

I myself Feather Pluck all the time, I look like a billiard ball, but being retired I can`t come up with anything interesting without risking a heart attack. I tried to Feather Pluck my Rottie, but he growled and showed his teeth, so I may try the carpet next, it is less lethal.

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I guess feather picking a

I guess feather picking a rottie is a dangerous game lol

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 Strange this post is at the

 Strange this post is at the top of the forum list because I had a bird that does this. It was due to all the stress, of a recent divorce. It was a Moluccan Cockatoo. Although her environment has changed for the better since I left my husband (after 14 years she still does not like him, I think she knew something I didn't), she still continues to chew her feathersa and a sore on her breast. I have tried all kinds of remedies. I have not yet taken her to a vet, but that's going to have to be her next trip. She's a much happier bird in her new environment, but she just won't stop chewing. She has even become nocturnal, I can hear he picking at 1:00am, but she prefers to sleep during the day. Frustrated.

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I think you should consult

I think you should consult nice Vet for this problem as soon as possible.They will provide some medicine and I hope iit will be fine.

 

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